With kids, there are many things to be mindful of, from their schooling to their overall health. Another consideration you may have is their oral health. Children have the highest risk of developing dental cavities. This is partly because they are more likely to consume sugary substances, which greatly contribute to the growth of cavities, but also because they do not have good oral hygiene habits in place yet. To provide them with some protection against cavities, we offer dental sealants at Concord Dental Associates in Concord, NH.
Dental sealants act as a kind of shield for the teeth. They are applied as a solution but harden into a barrier to protect the teeth against harmful substances like dental plaque. They are applied onto the occlusal (chewing) surface of the back molars because these teeth are the most susceptible to developing cavities.
This treatment will produce the best results when sealants are applied onto clean teeth, so your dentist at Concord Dental Associates will begin the procedure by cleaning the teeth thoroughly. After the teeth are rinsed and dried, an acidic solution will be applied to roughen the tooth surface slightly. This will create a surface that the sealants can more securely bond to. The solution will then be rinsed off, and the teeth will be dried again. The sealants will be applied as a liquid, then hardened with a special light. Once they have hardened, they will become a hard plastic coating that will not be visible on the teeth. They can wear off over time, so your dentist will monitor them during routine exams in order to determine when they need to be reapplied.
Dental sealants are most often recommended for children, but they can also be applied to the teeth of adults.
To learn more about dental sealants and whether or not it is the right treatment for your child, visit us at Concord Dental Associates. We are committed to promoting the oral health of patients in Concord, NH.